Land & Construction
The planned introduction of a housing growth baseline for the New Homes Bonus has been slammed by district councils that believe they could lose £75m.
Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.
A better understanding of planning obligation data could help councils persuade communities to accept new housing, says Rob Murfin
Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.
Construction of new housing developments increased by 1.2% in November compared with the previous month, underpinned by a 5.5% growth in housing association development, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
The Scottish Government wants to simplify the planning system to encourage greater input from citizens.
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has taken control of two planning applications containing a total of around 700 homes – in his first planning ‘call-in’ since being elected.
A London council has admitted it has no process in place for ensuring developers provide the social housing that they promise to build.
Successful planning permissions have reached their highest level for a 12-month period in 10 years, according to the Home Builders Federation and Glenigan, a construction data provider.
The number of granted residential planning applications has increased by 6% compared to last year, according to the latest figures.
Communities with a Neighbourhood Plan will be able to block housing developments even if their local council does not have an up-to-date five-year housing land supply, the housing minister has announced.
A group of Conservative MPs have tabled amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill which would protect the green belt and strengthen powers of local people to reject development.
The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.
The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.
House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.
A Conservative MP has vowed to fight the government’s decision to give the go-ahead to Birmingham’s development plans “by all legal means”.
Housing associations have the financial capacity to more than double the number of new homes they build each year within the next decade, according to a new report from property advisor Savills.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he is heading up a Whitehall housing taskforce, as he issued a stark warning to big builders that they must improve build-out rates.
Sajid Javid warns house builders build-out rates must increase, in a hard-hitting speech to the National House Building Council annual lunch
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a controversial block on Birmingham’s 15-year strategy for the building of tens of thousands of new homes.
L&Q and Fairview Homes have teamed up to buy a 5.5-acre plot of land in Park Royal, north-west London in their first 50/50 joint venture together.
The Leeds City Region needs a major boost in its housing supply if it is to continue its economic growth, with a 30,000 home shortfall anticipated by 2021.
The government is considering launching a radical overhaul of the Community Infrastructure Levy developer charge in next week’s Autumn Statement – aimed at “massively” simplifying the process and making it less open to negotiation.
Sajid Javid has intervened to block a controversial 225-home scheme on environmental grounds.
The green belt should be considered for new housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.
The Ministry of Defence has identified a further 56 sites to sell, as it moves towards its target of releasing enough land for the development of 55,000 homes by 2020.
The West Midlands Combined Authority has set up a Land Commission to help bring forward sites for housing. With its growth ambitions already outstripping councils’ plans for new homes, Carl Brown examines the advice housing professionals are offering to the commission
Greater Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has hit out at the region’s plan to build on green belt land.
County councils have hit back at the government’s suggestion they could make Local Plans on behalf of district councils.
Birmingham City Council is planning to use compulsory purchase orders to seize undeveloped land from developers. Sophie Barnes looks at whether others could follow.
County councils could be drafted in to help create a Local Plan where a local district council has failed to do so, under government amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
Developers are not convinced measures to restrict pre-commencement planning conditions will speed up development, a committee of MPs heard today.
Birmingham City Council will push ahead with its controversial policy of seizing undeveloped land from developers, despite a call-in by opposition councillors.
A housing association in the South East will no longer have to demolish 35 newly-built homes after winning a planning appeal.
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The shadow housing secretary has accused Gavin Barwell of pausing Bradford Council’s Local Plan as a “political ‘mate’s favour’”.
Gavin Barwell has forced Bradford Council to pause its Local Plan because the council wants to build 11,000 homes on green belt land.
The government’s plan to limit the use of planning conditions developers must satisfy before starting construction on a site will not speed up housing development, Labour MPs said last night.
The housing minister has questioned the accuracy of housing needs assessments used by councils when creating Local Plans, as his department looks to improve local authorities’ target-setting for new homes.
New planning rules setting a ‘tariff’ for affordable housing in London will be published before the end of the year, City Hall sources have confirmed.
The Neighbourhood Planning Bill may shift the balance in favour of development and ensure affordable homes are built, says Toby Lloyd
Landowners can unlock the affordable housing shortage in rural communities, says Matthew O’Connell
The Home Builders Federation fears councils could seek to use compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) to hinder development, following Birmingham’s groundbreaking move to seize undeveloped land from developers.
Sajid Javid has given the green light to a controversial 440-home development in Bradford.
Southwark Council will seek a judicial review to challenge the government’s decision to stop the council from forcing leaseholders to move out of the Aylesbury Estate.
Birmingham City Council plans to use compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) to seize undeveloped land from developers in an innovative bid to free up sites for new housing.
The government’s official housebuilding statistics exclude a fifth of all new build completions, according to a report by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).
Councils received and approved the highest number of planning applications since the recession in 2008, when applications dropped off sharply, according to the latest figures.
Neighbourhood Plans are hindering not helping the delivery of new homes, says Colin Wiles
The planning system needs to better balance the needs of councils, house builders and local residents, says Richard Bacon
More than 1,000 hectares of land were removed from the green belt last year - the second-highest figure in the past six years.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) could be given the power to create joint compulsory purchase orders to increase housing development on public sector land, according to proposed legislation.
Ministers have put plans to privatise the Land Registry on hold as the government publishes a new bill to boost neighbourhood planning.
Sadiq Khan has approved a 10,000-home masterplan for a regeneration scheme in east London.
Northern Ireland’s finance minister has called on councils to “step up” and release more land for development.
The government is pressing ahead with several reforms aimed at speeding up and simplifying the neighbourhood planning process.
Making developers prove the social value of bids could increase the supply of affordable homes, says Mark Winterburn
Sajid Javid has rejected two applications in rural Essex to build a total of 1,500 new homes, following appeals by the developers.
The market is cautious but we still require 300,000 new homes a year, says Susan Emmett
The chair of the G15 and four council leaders will sit on the governance board of a new body set up by Sadiq Khan to oversee housebuilding in the capital.